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John M. Wing Foundation printing ephemera collection

Identifier: Wing-Ephemera-File

Scope and Content of the Collection

This is a growing collection of printed ephemera issued from approximately the late 18th century onward (bulk 20th century), mostly concerned with printing, publishing, graphic design, and related book arts.

The collection includes advertising materials, artists’ books, book jackets, booklets, bookmarks, brochures, business cards, business reply cards, catalogs, envelopes, flyers, greetings cards, journal issues, keepsakes, letterheads, order forms, posters, prospectuses, proofs, and other materials issued by publishers, printers, government entities, advertising agencies, freelance artists, book sellers, libraries, universities, associations, clubs, and other organizations and companies. The term “keepsakes” encompasses a variety of items, often fine-press, created as mementos or souvenirs and can be produced in different forms such as posters, broadsides, booklets, prints, greetings cards, and bookmarks.

Type specimens and paper specimens have been excluded from this collection and removed to separate files.

Geographic ranges include North America, Great Britain, Europe, and East Asia.


  • Creation: approximately 1750-ongoing
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1900-1999



Materials are in English, German, Italian, Swedish, Spanish, Russian, and French.

Conditions Governing Access

The John M. Wing Foundation printing ephemera collection is open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The John M. Wing Foundation printing ephemera collection is the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections at


91 Linear Feet


Printed ephemera from a variety of companies, organizations, and individuals, mostly concerned with printing, publishing, graphic design, and related book arts. Geographic coverage includes North America, Great Britain, Europe and East Asia.


Individual items are filed under maker or creator, not by subject, and arranged alphabetically. The exception to this is when a creator cannot be identified and then items may be filed under genre, form, or location.

Collection Stack Location

2A Link; 4A 26 5 (oversize)


Collection originally started as a fine press ephemera file by Ernst F. Detterer, the second Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing. The file was continued and enlarged in scope by later Wing Collection curators. Significant numbers of items were the gifts from the designers who created them and from files of the R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company.

Processed by

Lindsey O'Brien and Amanda Schriver, 2014-2015.


This inventory was created with the generous support of the Council on Library and Information Services, which is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Inventory of the John M. Wing Foundation printing ephemera collection, approximately 1750-ongoing, bulk 1900-1999
Amanda Schriver
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States